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Catalina Island Conservancy

Course Description

The Catalina California Naturalist Program looks to create highly trained guides, volunteers and most importantly, stewards, to spread the word of not only how special Catalina is but how important all Islands are. This course pairs a science curriculum that will take you through California ecology by exploring geology, watershed concepts, plants, animals and energy, through the distinct lens of a California Channel Island.

Dates: TBA

Contact: Hillary Holt, hholt@catalinaconservancy.org, (310) 510-2595 x. 4221

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what it means to be a naturalist.
  • Integrate knowledge about the interconnectedness of abiotic, biotic and cultural factors and their influence on the natural history of Catalina Island.
  • Demonstrate skills in making and recording natural history observations in a field notebook and nature journal.
  • Become proficient using iNaturalist to record nature observations
  • Apply knowledge of Catalina and Southern California to local and global environmental issues.
  • Meet all of the course requirements.

Organization Description: Formed in 1972, the Catalina Island Conservancy is one of California's oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education, and recreation. Through its ongoing efforts, the Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land and more than 60 miles of rugged shoreline. It provides an airport and 50 miles of biking and nearly 165 miles of hiking opportunities within its road and trail system. The Conservancy conducts educational outreach through two nature centers, its Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, and guided experiences in the Island’s rugged interior. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological sites. It also contains numerous rare and endangered animals and plants. The Island is home to 60 species – and counting – that are found only on Catalina.